Mark Coyle was sent off in the first half as Finn Harps lost for the sixth game in a row as Aaron Drinan’s double fired Waterford to a comfortable win at the RSC.
Waterford 4 Finn Harps 0
Coyle saw red in the 26th minute as he was given a second booking by referee Graham Kelly.
It was a night to forget on the road again for Harps, who haven’t scored a goal away from home this season yet.
Drinan’s double and goals from Shane Duggan and Dean Walsh gave Alan Reynolds’ Waterford the win.
Harps began with Caolan McAleer seeing a stinging volley deflect wide while Matthew Connor, Waterford’s goalkeeper, saved from Niall Logue.
Waterford led when Drinan headed home Rory Feely’s cross.
Daniel O’Reilly whizzed a free kick wide before Waterford took control.
Gallagher palmed away from Duggan, but Drinan netted from the rebound to double the lead.
Duggan clipped in the hosts’ third and Walsh headed in an Akinade cross in added time.
Waterford FC: Matt Connor; Rory Feely, Maxim Kouogun, Damien Delaney, Kevin Lynch (Dean Walsh, 83); Karolis Chvedukas (Bastian Hery, 67), Shane Duggan; Zack Elbouzedi (Ismahil Akinade, 75), JJ Lunney, Scott Twine; Aaron Drinan.
Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher; Sam Todd, Keith Cowan, Niall Logue; Colm Deasy, John Kavanagh (Mark Russell, 73), Mark Coyle, Daniel O’Reilly; Caolan McAleer, Nathan Boyle (Jacob Borg, 36); Raffaele Cretaro (Tony McNamee, 79).
Referee: Graham Kelly